Jenni & the Jazz Junketeers 2022
Join us in June to kick off our outdoor summer concerts with Jenni & the Jazz Junketeers!
Performance includes tunes by Ruth Brown, Solomon Burke, Nat King Cole, Duffy, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Ma Gertrude Rainey, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, and others! Pack a picnic and find a spot on the Hillside!
$20 advance ticket purchase | $25 at-the-gate
General Admission | Seating starts at 5:00 pm | Show starts at 5:30 pm
Singing jazz, blues and funk have been a central part of Jenni's life since her teen days in New York City, where she was born and raised. In the 1970's, while working towards her Masters in Education, Jenni was involved in several musical productions at UVM and sang in various settings, including local clubs, private parties, college campus events, receptions, fraternities, and sororities.
The 1980's found Jenni completing graduate work and pursuing projects in Houston, Texas, and Boston. Among these was a unique repertoire of song and music which included a work she titled "The Billie Holiday Story." Another project kept her busy in a Boston recording studio producing demo tapes for Star Search and the Coca-Cola Company.
Jenni Johnson has been described as "a renaissance woman" in the many articles written about her in the Burlington Free Press, Seven Days, Vermont Woman the Rutland Herald, as well as for newspapers across the lake in New York State. Born in NYCs Harlem Hospital and raised in the Big Apple, she now resides in Burlington, VT.
Her resume includes Supervisor of Physics and Counselor at Mass. Institute of Technology. Private counseling practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her dual appointment at the University of Vermont meant working as a counselor at the Counseling Center and an instructor for the College of Education. Some of Jenni's community involvement over the years include: Commissioner of Parks & Recreation;(elected official) Ward Clerk; Board member Howard Mental Health; organizer of fund raisers for Alzheimer's Association, Katrina flood victims, Honduras flood victims, and other humanitarian causes.
Jenni now combines her formal education with her passion for teaching fitness, coaching vocal performance, and performing music. She has an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont with credits towards a Ph.D. and is a certified Fitness Instructor.
Jenni says she's still learning how to use her instrument, the vocal cords, with each performance. She has performed the song "Moonlight In Vermont" around the world in places such as Yaroslavl and Rostov in Russia, Paris, France, and Montreal, Canada. In addition, she has sharpened her musical skills with opportunities working with national jazz/blues musicians from New Orleans.
Jenni has become a regular presence around the state of Vermont. Her full, smooth voice offers an ideal format for the collection of American jazz classics, as well as, blues, swing, and funk music. Audiences will be mesmerized by her unique style and versatile renditions. She'll have them smiling from their souls, while their feet dance happily to the beat.
Check her website: jennijohnson.net